Blues erase deficit, beat Jets 4-3 on late goal from Stastny
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Paul Stastny scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:38 left in regulation, and the St. Louis Blues fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night.
After Jets forward Mark Scheifele hit the post with a shot, the Blues moved the puck the other way and Vladimir Tarasenko fed a pass across to Stastny. He put a shot off the post and past rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck.
Alexander Steen and Tarasenko each scored on the power play, and Troy Brouwer also had a goal for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots.
Steen, Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists apiece.
The loss halted a three-game home winning streak for the Jets, who got goals from Scheifele, Chris Thorburn and Drew Stafford. Hellebuyck made 22 saves in his third straight start.
Tyler Myers and Mathieu Perreault each had a pair of assists, and Scheifele added one.
Winnipeg had a 3-1 lead in the second period before the Blues mounted their comeback.
The Jets scored with their first shot on goal when Myers' point shot was deflected by Scheifele for his team-leading 12th of the season at 4:10 of the first period.
St. Louis tied it 16 seconds into the second with Brouwer's wrist shot from near the top of the circle. David Backes picked up the assist, extending his season-high point streak to five games with three goals and three assists.
Winnipeg regained the lead on a good effort by Blake Wheeler.
Wheeler missed the net on a breakaway, but got the puck along the boards and fed a pass to Thorburn, who fired a one-timer past Allen at 5:54 for his fifth of the season.
Stafford made it 3-1 at 8:30 with his 11th, but then Jets forward Adam Lowry was sent to the box for a holding call that drew catcalls from the crowd.
Steen scored his 11th goal with a long drive straight at Hellebuyck to make it 3-2 at 18:25.
Scheifele then took penalties for roughing and cross-checking, and Tarasenko netted his 19th goal of the season at the 51-second mark of the third period to tie the game.
The Blues went 2 for 3 on the power play and killed off both of Winnipeg's chances with the man advantage. Their penalty-kill unit is 20 for 20 in the last nine games.
NOTES: Thorburn played in his 594th game for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise, tying Ilya Kovalchuk's record. … The Jets host the New York Rangers on Friday. St. Louis hosts Nashville on Thursday.
- Alexander Steen
- Chris Thorburn
- Connor Hellebuyck
- Drew Stafford
- Jake Allen
- Kevin Shattenkirk
- Mark Scheifele
- Mathieu Perreault
- Paul Stastny
- St. Louis Blues
- Troy Brouwer
- Tyler Myers
- Vladimir Tarasenko
- Winnipeg Jets